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The Australian National University

Dr Elizabeth Sturgiss

Lecturer in General Practice
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: 62444941

Areas of expertise

  • Primary Health Care 111717
  • Family Care 111707
  • Preventive Medicine 111716

Research interests

  • Therapeutic alliance in general practice
  • Obesity care in general practice
  • Nutrition education for medical students
  • Improving outcome measures for general practice


Liz works clinically as a GP in Canberra where she has a strong interest in chronic disease management, substance dependence, and mental health.  She has been a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners since 2012. In 2014 she became a Founding Fellow of Clinical Forensic Medicine (RCPA).

Liz completed her undergraduate medical degree at the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2003.  She has since completed a Master of Public Health at the University of New South Wales and a Master of Forensic Medicine at Monash University, Victoria. She will complete her PhD at the ANU in 2018 which looks at the management of obesity by general practitioners.

Through her PhD Liz explored the therapeutic alliance in general practice and how it strengthens obesity management. She is continuing to explore this theme and working to adapt a quantitative measure of therapeutic alliance for use in the general practice setting.

Liz has presented her work to national and international academic audiences in both the primary care and obesity field.


Researcher's projects

  1. Adapting the Working Alliance Inventory for general practice (Chris Silagy Scholarship RACGP)
  2. An implementation pilot study of "The Change Program" - a GP-delivered weight management program for overweight and obese adults (APHCRI Foundation Grant)
  3. Treating adult obesity in general practice – developing a weight management strategy for general practitioners (RACGP Independent Practitioner Network Pty Ltd (IPN)/Research Grant) 
  4. Using Concept Mapping to illustrate understanding of obesity. (Endeavour Reseach Fellowship in conjuction with University of Alberta)
  5. Understanding food and rurality (CASS Intercollege Research Grant, led by Dr Gavin Smith) 



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